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Stomp 442

Stomp 442
Cover design by Storm Thorgerson and Peter Curzon
Studio album by Anthrax
Released October 24, 1995
Recorded Studio 4, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, 1995
Genre Groove metal
Length 50:56
Label Elektra/Warner
Producer Anthrax, Butcher Bros.
Anthrax chronology
Sound of White Noise
Stomp 442
Volume 8: The Threat Is Real
Singles from Stomp 442
  1. "Fueled"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Nothing"
    Released: 1996

Stomp 442 is the seventh studio album by American thrash metal band Anthrax. It was released in 1995, by Elektra Records. The band and the Philadelphia-based producers Butcher Brothers produced the album, which includes the singles, "Fueled" and "Nothing". The album debuted at No. 47 on the Billboard 200 charts.[1] Anthrax claimed that their label, Elektra Records, didn't do enough to promote the album, and they left soon after. Stomp 442 is the only Anthrax album not featuring the traditional Anthrax logo on its artwork.

Stomp 442 is also Anthrax's first album without Dan Spitz on lead guitar. Though not yet credited as a member of the band, Paul Crook took over lead guitar duties.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (neither)[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 2/5 stars[4]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[5]

AllMusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album a negative review, describing it as "a generic collection of speed metal bombast". He finished his review by saying that the record is a "disappointing experience."[2] Reviewer Jimmy Neeson had a more positive view, noting, "A savage Anthrax album; and a worthy addition to any metal collection."[6]

Cover art

The album's cover gained controversy when retailer Walmart refused to stock it in its stores.

In a 1996 interview with Tom Russell of Glasgow-based Radio Clyde 1, Bruce Dickinson revealed that the original design for the cover art was done for his album "Balls To Picasso" - originally to be titled "Laughing In The Hiding Bush" - but they couldn't afford it. His album's title was changed and he drew two squares on a toilet wall for the cover.

Track listing

All lyrics written by Scott Ian and John Bush, all music composed by Charlie Benante.
No. Title Length
1. "Random Acts of Senseless Violence"   4:02
2. "Fueled"   4:02
3. "King Size"   3:58
4. "Riding Shotgun"   4:25
5. "Perpetual Motion"   4:18
6. "In a Zone"   5:06
7. "Nothing"   4:33
8. "American Pompeii"   5:30
9. "Drop the Ball"   4:59
10. "Tester"   4:21
11. "Bare"   5:29
Bonus tracks (2001 remaster)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Grunt and Click"   Bush, Ian, Frank Bello, Benante 5:29
13. "Dethroned Emperor" (Celtic Frost cover) Tom Fischer 4:32
14. "Celebrated Summer" (Hüsker Dü cover) Bob Mould 4:30
15. "Watchin' You" (Kiss cover) Gene Simmons 3:38


Band members
Additional musicians
  • Butcher Bros. & Anthrax - producers, mixing
  • Butcher Bros., Dirk Grobelny, Ian Cross - engineers
  • Mike Monterulo, J.J. Bottari, Chris Gately, Phil Nowlan - assistant engineers
  • Manny Lecuona - editing
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering


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